The Nurse Practitioner eNews
The Nurse Practitioner eNews


February 1, 2010

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This month, The Nurse Practitioner features the CE article, ARVC: Help prevent sudden death. It is crucial for NPs to be familiar with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy to prevent deaths in patients with the condition, particularly athletes. Earn 2.4 Contact Hours with this CE. Also in this issue is our Drug Update: �09 in Review. Each year, we take a look back at the drug updates that have made a difference in the lives of patients and the NPs who care for them. Earn 3.5 Contact Hours/ 3.5 Rx Credit!

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Online CE: Interpreting 12-lead ECGs: A piece by piece analysis

Of the many diagnostic tools used to screen for and evaluate cardiac abnormalities, the 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) is among the most basic. This inexpensive and noninvasive test provides a vast amount of information that assists in the diagnosis of conditions related to the heart's electrical activity. The ECG can also help evaluate myocardial ischemia and infarction, cardiomyopathy, pericarditis, and electrolyte disturbances. Although there are fundamental methods for interpretation, it is important to recognize that clinical correlation with the patient's signs and symptoms is essential.

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Nominate your colleague for NP of the Year!

The 2010 NP of the Year award honors excellence in clinical expertise, leadership, community service, and education. The winner will be announced in the May 2010 issue of The Nurse Practitioner and honored at the NCNP opening ceremonies in Chicago, Ill., May 18-21, 2010. The winner will also receive a complimentary full conference registration to this year�s program.

Who is eligible?
Eligible nominees include NPs who have made significant contributions to the NP field in at least two of the categories listed below:
  • Directed, provided and/or developed practice or policy that affected a large number of people/special population
  • Uniqueness and innovation
  • Advanced the NP profession
  • Contributed to new knowledge or practice
  • Gained the attention of local or national leaders (leaders can be nursing, community, political, etc.)
  • Had a substantial and positive impact on public health or health of a special community or patient group
How do I nominate someone?
Nominations should be made in writing and include a letter (maximum 2 pages, double-spaced) explaining how the candidate met the award criteria, and any pertinent data, tools, teaching displays, pictures, or other material to support the nomination letter. Letters and supporting materials should be mailed to:

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Conference Dept., 323 Norristown Rd. #200, Ambler, PA 19002.

Deadline for submissions is February 22, 2010. For more information, contact Jessica Clark at
22nd Annual Legislative Update: regulatory and legislative successes for APNs
As in previous years, advanced practice registered nurses have much to celebrate in the areas of legislative and regulatory reform. In addition to the annual updates from each state in the areas of practice authority, reimbursement, and prescriptive authority, we have included information reported by states considering regulatory implementation of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education. More
End the bipolar tug-of-war

In the United States, bipolar disorder (BD) costs approximately $45.2 billion annually. People with this disorder use three to four times more healthcare resources, spend four times more on healthcare, and account for approximately 15% of psychiatric admissions and 5% of mental health visits. More

Updated office testing skills for vaginal infections
NPs who see sexually active women of childbearing age in their practice need the skills to diagnose and treat common vaginal infections. Office-based testing relies on education, specific office practice, and available resources including cost of testing, access to external lab facilities, and availability of vaginal cultures. More

Opioids and fracture risk in older adults
Older adults who take opioids face an increased risk of bone fractures, especially at moderately high medication doses, a new study finds. More

Depression, anxiety drugs may relate to preterm birth
Researchers found that among nearly 3,000 women who gave birth in Washington State, those who started taking antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in the second or third trimester had a higher risk of preterm birth. More

Insulin pumps win out over shots in type 1 diabetes
A new evidence review suggests that using a pump to deliver insulin continuously instead of taking three or more daily injections might result in better control of blood sugar for people with type 1 diabetes. More

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